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Practice Nurse Clinics

All stroke patients are called for an annual assessment by their GP practice, which is usually carried out by a practice nurse who has undergone specialist stroke training; designed not only to measure physical factors such as blood pressure and coagulation levels, but also mental well being such as depression and anxiety (which is very common following stroke). In addition, the assessment will look at lifestyle and behavioural factors related to stroke, such as diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking.

If a practice nurse is concerned that you are not progressing as well as expected, have developed new problems or appear to be deteriorating, they will be able to directly refer you to a Primary Care Stroke Therapy Team for more detailed assessment, treatment and support.

What happens at the clinic?